If you’ve upgraded to an energy efficient furnace, you know winter is when it’s going to start paying for itself. These innovative HVAC systems can help reduce the amount of energy or gas used to heat your home compared to older and less efficient models. With winter drawing nearer here in Odessa, we’ve prepared some simple steps you can take to ensure your furnace will operate efficiently and effectively until warm weather arrives again.
1. Schedule a routine service visit before winter weather arrives.
You don’t want to turn on your furnace on the first cold day in Odessa only to realize it’s not running properly. It’s important to have a HVAC technician inspect your system, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC system is safe and working well. Regularly maintaining your equipment will not only help the furnace operate smoothly, but it will help increase the energy efficiency of your furnace, as well.
2. Check your heat exchanger.
Cracked or improperly functioning heat exchangers mix combustion gases with the air in your home. This leads to safety concerns with carbon monoxide poisoning. This inspection is easy – just inspect your furnace’s combustion chamber for cracks. If you detect strange odors coming from the heater after a while, shut it off and call a professional. Your heat exchanger is an important factor in creating an energy efficient furnace. When it functions properly, the equipment doesn’t have to work as hard or use as much energy to produce the heat you desire.
3. Change your air filter.
It’s a good idea to change your filters regularly, and just before winter hits is a great time. Clean filters can help improve your furnace’s air flow and can contribute to better energy efficiency, as well. Pleated, HEPA and electrostatic filters can also help increase the furnace’s energy efficiency, so consider upgrading if you’re currently using a flat filter. We recommend checking your filter once a month to see whether it needs to be changed.
Use these steps to create a more energy efficient home this winter. Or, if you’re in need of a repair, Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning offers a variety of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to help you choose the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Odessa.